Candidates for our online Master of Legal Studies, Master of Dispute Resolution, and Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution programs come from a wide range of backgrounds. Because of the diversity of candidates’ careers and skill sets, the admissions committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications. This means that both the applicant’s professional experience and academic background are taken into consideration for admission.
For the online Master of Legal Studies and online Master of Dispute Resolution, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required for admission.
For the online Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution, a JD or first professional degree in law is required for admission. Additionally, domestic applicants must submit their class rank or a document from their school stating they do not issue class ranks. International applicants must submit evaluated transcripts and confirmation of their English fluency by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score. Applicants can request a Skype interview in lieu of submitting a score
To apply to a Pepperdine Law online program, applicants to all programs must submit:
It is common for academic institutions to issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available, applicants should specify that transcript(s) be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If listed as an option through a vendor, select Pepperdine University—School of Law Online. This will expedite the delivery of transcripts, allowing candidates to complete their applications sooner.
Veterans or active-duty military personnel can now send transcripts electronically through the Joint Services Transcript (JST) database. To request military transcripts online, log on to the Joint Services Transcript website and select “Pepperdine Law Online Programs.”
International applicants may be required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores as well as a World Education Services (WES) evaluation of any foreign transcripts if credits were earned at an international institution outside of a study-abroad program.
Letter of Recommendation
Applications must include one letter of recommendation from someone who can provide a meaningful assessment of a candidate’s character and ability, such as a manager, community leader, professor, faculty member, academic advisor, or mentor.
Applicants may choose to provide up to two additional letters of recommendation. A maximum of three letters will be accepted.
Statement of Purpose
All applicants are required to write a two-page personal statement that indicates their reasons for pursuing a master’s at Pepperdine Law and how they plan to use this degree to enhance their career. The statement should include the applicant's personal, academic, and professional background and explain how Pepperdine's mission integrates with their own motivations for earning this degree. Review our mission and vision information.
Candidates should submit a current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) that details relevant professional and academic experience, including any awards or honors received and volunteer work.
In addition to the requirements listed above, candidates will also participate in a video interview conducted over the virtual platform by an admissions counselor.